I don't think I had ever tried butternut squash till last year when my husband made a butternut squash pasta filling. It was amazing and is often requested in our house. So when I saw this recipe in the March issue of Real Simple I knew I had to try it out.
The original recipe called for store-bought pizza dough, but I found a great whole-wheat recipe, at A Year in the Kitchen, a while back and wanted to make that instead.
Butternut Squash Flat Bread with Cheddar and Pine Nuts
1 packet fast acting yeast
1 tbsp honey
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pound butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 cup freshly grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
In a stand mixer using the mixing paddle combine honey, water, and yeast packet and let stand for 10 minutes. Using dough hook add flours, salt, and EVOO and let knead for 10 minutes. Place dough in a warm place covered with a damp towel and allow to rise for 1 hour. After dough has doubled in size, shape into a large rectangle and place on cornmeal-dusted baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl toss squash, onion, pine nuts, thyme, salt, pepper, and EVOO. Scatter across the shaped pizza dough and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is slightly browned.
If your new to butternut squash, like me, it looks like a confusing vegetable to cut. First, cut off the top and bottom of the squash. Next you want to peel the outside, using a peeler remove all the skin. Lastly, make a cut down the center of the squash and using a spoon remove the seeds. This part reminded me of carving a pumpkin! From here you can slice the squash, as this recipe calls for, or bake the halves to soften the squash.
I would recommend serving this with a salad. My favorite is simple: spring lettuce, pecans, creamy vinaigrette dressing, feta/gorgonzola/bleu cheese, and apples/grapes/strawberries. The cheese and fruit all depend on what I have in the house!
I love pizza, so this was a great recipe because it is a healthier version without all that red sauce. Anyone have more healthy pizza recipes?